Technology

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Technology is the final aspect of our office pride. We use the most up-to-date technological advances available to an orthodontic office. For instance, we will take two X-rays as part of your diagnostic records. Because we use high intensity film, "Rare Earth" screens and an up-to-date machine, the amount of radiation needed is about equivalent to 2-3 hours in front of a TV screen. Our computer program makes us capable of performing Visual Treatment Objectives. In other words, the computer allows us to see what your child's profile will look like if we extract teeth or if we don't extract teeth. We can also decide if the child will look better with the upper teeth pulled back, or the lower jaw brought forward, or a combination of both. All of this can be decided before a bracket is ever placed. We also employ what Dr. Kirsch refer to as "High Velocity Orthodontics." He uses the most up-to-date orthodontic materials and techniques to produce the fastest and most efficient movement of teeth while actually reducing patient discomfort. The end result is that you get your braces off sooner with fewer visits to our office and less discomfort to you. This approach will not cause any damage to your teeth, and the teeth will be as stable as any other orthodontically moved tooth. Because of these technological advances, most of our cases are treated in 18 months or less. Ask any other orthodontic office how long it takes them to treat a case!

We now offer the Invisalign® technique. Invisalign® is a series of clear, thin liners that will move the teeth without braces. Invisalign® has a number of advantages in that you remove them to eat, which means you can eat foods that you cannot eat with braces. You can also brush and floss your teeth much easier than with braces. However, Invisalign® is limited in the amount of correction that can be accomplished. At your initial visit, Dr. Kirsch will determine whether you will be a candidate for the Invisalign® technique.

We use an autoclave (steam and pressure) to sterilize our instruments between each use. Items that cannot be autoclaved are either disposable or cold sterilized. Gloves are always changed between patients. You may notice that we do not always wear masks and gowns in our office. Because we do not routinely use high-speed drills as your family dentist uses, we are not required by OSHA regulations to use masks or gowns for our protection. If any member of our staff is suffering from a cold, etc., we will be wearing masks for your protection.